Cultural differences blamed in accident |

Cultural differences blamed in accident

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A 21-year-old Australian woman was airlifted Monday to Washoe Medical Center for head injuries and a broken leg after being struck by a car.

Carly Middleton, who has lived in South Lake Tahoe since December, was looking the wrong way when she was struck by a large Dodge sedan on Emerald Bay Road at the “Y.”

Middleton was running across the street to go to McDonald’s and was not looking at oncoming cars, presumably because the traffic flow is opposite in Australia, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

The driver is a 47-year-old South Lake Tahoe man who was traveling at about 30 mph, the officer said. The driver told police she went under the front end of the Dodge.

She was listed in serious condition.

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The man was found by authorities wandering in evening traffic along Lake Tahoe Boulevard while pounding on the driver’s side window of a red pickup, the officer said. Authorities deemed the man too drunk to take care of himself and attempted to take him into custody. The man resisted arrest and had to be taken to the ground, the officer said. He later tried to kick an officer in the groin with his heel and created a disturbance at Barton Memorial Hospital.

— A 19-year-old Stateline man reported his Ford Ranger stolen after attending a party Friday night on Patricia Lane, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

The man returned the next day to find his truck gone. The California Highway Patrol found the vehicle abandoned in a ditch at Echo Summit.

— A 25-year-old Olympic Valley man was arrested on drunken driving charges when an officer spotted his silver Toyota pickup speeding west on Lake Tahoe Boulevard early Sunday morning, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

When he was pulled over, the man reportedly had a fresh cigarette and gum to mask his breath, the officer said.